Hi Red Bull,
Thanx for your reply and recommendation to go it alone. The only concern we (there are three of us) have is that we only have about 3 weeks to make this trip. We thought we'd go with a tour company simply to make sure everything was set up and we could make the most of our time. Nevertheless, all are experienced Asia travellers and two of us have been to India before (but not on bikes). Perhaps, though, you could answer a couple of additional questions for us:
- I have read different reports regarding hiring bikes in India. The main theme seems to be that you can't hire bikes in most states in India but, instead, have to buy a bike with a guarantied buy-back at the end of the trip. This sounds more like a technicality to get around some strange legal limitation, which is OK but still leaves us with trying to rent/buy three bikes when we arrive in Delhi. I have written to email@example.com
(mentioned in Lonely Planet and on Horizons Unlimited site) but have not been able to get a response. Do you have any other suggestions of reliable renters? We are all happy to ride Bullets and I, for one, am used to the reversed brake and gear shift as I have a 1958 Matchless which I ride regularly.
- the tour company we were going to use insists that hotels have to be booked well in advance for places like Pushkar (at least at the time of the camel fair) and Agra as November is the height of the tourist season. Have you found this to be the case? There seems to be plenty of good web sites for hotels of all price ranges so we could book in advance if necessary, but in a way I'd prefer to be totally flexible if we are going to be 'doing our own thing'.
Thanx in advance for any further info.